Weekly Dragon Update – November 12 – 16

Weekly Dragon Update – November 12 – 162018-11-11T08:33:06+00:00

November 12-16
Students of St. Dominic were taken through a beautiful tribute to our veterans on Friday.  We were able to gather an understanding of the meaning of Remembrance Day. We paid tribute to those who have fought for our freedom.  A special thank you to the Student Council and the Ms. Shermeto’s students who reminded us the importance of remembering and celebrating our freedoms.

Pathways Night at Resurrection High School

The Resurrection School Council is hosting a Pathways Night on November 14th .  They will have many different speakers from a very wide cross section of employment sectors.  We hope that your both you and your children may take advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity.  

Student of the Month

We are pleased to announce that our Student of the Month luncheon will take place on Tuesday November 13th.  Students will be offered pizza and a treat for their efforts in exhibiting gratitude all month long. Congrats to all of our students!

Extended Recess

The students of St. Dominic have earned an extra recess for their efforts in collecting over 700 lbs of food during our Thanksgiving food drive.  We will have an extended recess from 2:40-2:55 on Tuesday November 13th (weather permitting). Again, our Dragons show their incredible spirit of giving!

Wellness Tip of the Week – How to promote GRIT in your child

(https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/social-emotional-learning/social-skills-for-kids/power-defeat-how-to-raise-kid-grit.html)

Bouncing back from failure turns out to be one of the best lessons a kid can learn. In fact, according to Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, that skill (along with certain other character traits she calls “grit”) matters more to a child’s ability to reach his full potential than intelligence, skill, or even grades.

Put a challenge in front of him.

True achievement happens when people bust through boundaries and barriers. If your child never has a chance to triumph over something difficult, she may never develop confidence in her ability to confront a challenge. Taking risks is an important way kids learn.

  • Teach It: Give your child the opportunity to pursue at least one difficult thing, suggests Duckworth. “It has to be something that requires discipline to practice,” she says. The actual activity doesn’t matter as much as the effort; Duckworth’s youngest child tried track, piano, and ballet before settling on gymnastics. “She couldn’t do a cartwheel at first, and had a lot of anxiety about it. Eventually, she got over the anxiety barrier and now she likes them so much that she literally does cartwheels two hours a day.” Encouraging kids to try new things gives them a chance to prove they can do anything.

Promote perseverance.

Many of us hold on to the idea that skill comes naturally: that if we’re good—or not good—at something, it’s because we were born that way. The problem with this belief is that it leads many kids to give up on things. Plus, it’s simply not true. Even naturally gifted people have

to work hard to hone their ability with hours of practice.

  • Teach It: Try one of Duckworth’s family rules: Don’t Quit on a Bad Day. Giving up the second things get frustrating means you might miss out on something really great—like eventually scoring that winning goal or hearing the roar of applause after a performance. So Duckworth insists that her two girls, ages 9 and 11, follow through on all activities until the end of the season or session. If they choose not to sign up again, so be it. What matters is that they push through the discomfort that’s a natural part of the learning process.

Math Matters!

Art and Math

Art and math have a lot in common with each other. In fact you can see the math in art and the art in math! Patterns, shapes, geometry, symmetry, spatial reasoning, proportional reasoning, etc… are all a part of the arts (visual art, music and dance), as they are of mathematics.

Some of what you see your child doing in school in the arts, is also an engagement with mathematical ideas at the same time! By blending mathematics and the arts, students learn in ways that are intellectual, emotional and physical. Children learn in many different ways, and research tells us that participating in the arts is one way that is very engaging for all of us.

A child stringing beads in a pattern on a string or creating a patterned bracelet is creating an understanding of patterning, although to them it may look simply like a pleasing design. When a child learns to play the piano, they are developing mathematical understanding of the relationships between scales, notes and chords. Symmetry can be seen in the symmetrical features of a butterfly or in a design when building. Children may notice patterns in wallpaper, tile tessellations on the floor or on a phone cover, rhythmic beats or repeated choreography in music videos or chords in a popular song. There is math everywhere!

How might you and your child notice and name the mathematics in the arts (visual, music and dance) that you encounter? Making the links helps deepen the understanding of both!

Interested in more?! Search on the internet for “golden ratio” to see an example of mathematics at work in nature and art!

Mon. Nov 12 – Financial Literacy Presentations for all Int

Intermediate Classes

Dates to Remember

  • Tues. Nov 13 – Bus Evacuation Training
  • Wed. Nov 14 – Grade 8 Day at Resurrection
  • Thurs. Nov 15 – Bible Celebration at 9:45
  • Thurs. Nov 15 – Boston Pizza Lunch
  • Fri. Nov 16 – PA Day
  • Tues. Nov 20 – Safe Tech Use Presentation – Intermediates
  • Tues. Nov 20 – School Council Mtg 6:15pm
  • Tues. Nov 20 – Stemmlers Fundraiser Forms go home
  • Wed. Nov 21 – Laurier vs. Waterloo Hockey Game – Grades 4-8
  • Thurs. Nov 22 – Johnston and Kohler Class trip to Laurel Creek